Accounting and Information Systems
The Department of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) offers an undergraduate degree in business with a major in accounting and information systems. Two options offered: 1) accounting (ACCT), which prepares students for accounting careers in audit and assurance, as well as the accumulating and reporting of financial, managerial, and tax information; and 2) information systems audit (ISA), which prepares students to give assurance on both the financial reports of businesses and the information systems that support businesses.
These programs help prepare students to be professionals who develop and provide information to facilitate improved decision-making in organizations.
Virginia Tech’s accounting and information systems programs attract many excellent students who often become highly successful in business. A few notable examples include Lynne Doughtie, CEO and Chair of KPMG; and Phil Bullock, Director of Global Tax for Apple Corp. ACIS majors are among the most highly recruited students on campus and are consistently in the top three majors with regard to the number of employment interviews received per student. The vast majority of our students obtain quality jobs before they graduate. Each year, about 175 students graduate from our undergraduate program.
This program provides basic education for careers in public accounting (CPA) firms, corporations, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. The program prepares graduates to earn the CPA, CMA, and other professional accounting certifications. In Virginia, 150 hours of course work are required to sit for the CPA exam, and we encourage students to enroll in the 152-hour program during Spring of their junior year. You should also check the requirements for your state to sit for the CPA exam.
This program is designed to prepare students for careers as information systems auditors and information systems professionals in enterprise risk-assurance services, computer risk-management services, and other systems assurance services in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. It prepares graduates to earn the CISA, CPA (150 hour requirement), as well as other professional certifications. Students are encouraged to enroll in the 152-hour program.
A professional organization that brings together accounting majors, professors, and potential employers on a regular basis. Eric A. Martin, Advisor.
The national honor society and professional accounting fraternity which brings together faculty and business professionals. Michael Wolfe, Advisor.
The Virginia Tech Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants unites students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to academic and future professional excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting profession. Kecia Smith, Advisor.
Graduates from the ACIS Department are among the most highly recruited graduates of any department at Virginia Tech. The “Big Four” public accounting firms, other international and national accounting firms, and strong regional public accounting firms consider the department to be a point of emphasis in their recruiting efforts. Our graduates are also recruited by major industrial/service companies and by federal and state governmental agencies. Examples of public accounting firms that hire significant numbers of the department’s graduates include Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, RSM, Cherry Bekaert LLP, Baker Tilly, Yount Hyde & Barbour, and Lanigan, Ryan, Malcolm & Doyle, P.C. Graduates also have significant opportunities to go with such companies as General Electric, IBM, Wells Fargo, DuPont, Marriott, Accenture, Capgemini, American Management Systems, Verizon, and BearingPoint. In addition, our students have opportunities with government agencies such as the GAO, IRS, and Auditor of Public Accounts. The list above is by no means exhaustive. Each fall, the college sponsors Business Horizons. More than 125 employers typically attend this event, and virtually all of these potential employers seek graduates from our department.
Scholarships, administered by the department’s scholarship committee, are given to students whose primary major is accounting and information systems. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, the ACIS Department awards scholarships to over 100 of our students each year. We encourage students to apply for these scholarships.
John J. Maher, Department Head
Accounting & Information Systems (0101)
Pamplin Hall, STE 3007, Virginia Tech
880 West Campus Drive,
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-6591 Fax: 540-231-2511
Department email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.acis.pamplin.vt.edu
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1004 – Accounting Foundations
1504 – Introduction to Business Analytics and Business Intelligence
2115-2116 – Principles of Accounting
2504 – Personal Computers in Business
3115-3116 – Intermediate Financial Accounting
3314 – Tax Impact on Decisions
3414 – Auditing, Governance, and Professional Ethics
3504 – Accounting Systems and Controls
3564 – Management Information Systems
4024 – Information Systems Audit and Control
4114 – Advanced Financial Accounting
4124 – Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
4194 – Analysis of Financial Statements
4214 – Cost Planning and Control
4314 – Principles of Taxation
4414 – Financial Statement Auditing
4504 – Accounting Application Development
4554 – Networks and Telecommunications in Business
4684 – Information Systems Security and Assurance
aCurling Professor of Accounting Information Systems:
John F. Carroll, Jr. Professor of Accounting and Information Systems:
John M. Peterson, Jr. Professor of Accounting and Information Systems:
KPMG Professor of Information Systems:
R.B. Pamplin Professors of Accounting and Information Systems:
Associate Professor of Practice
Assistant Professor of Practice